Matthew A. Macdonald is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Mr. Macdonald practices high-stakes, complex commercial litigation in both federal and state courts nationwide, with an emphasis on securities litigation and the financial sector.
Mr. Macdonald’s key representations include:
- Successfully resolving billion-dollar breach of contract claims against Bank of America arising out of Bank of America’s role as administrative agent for a credit facility that financed the construction of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas hotel and casino.
- Representing a consortium of lenders in litigation against JPMorgan arising out of the General Motors bankruptcy and JPMorgan’s erroneous filing of a UCC termination statement purporting to cancel a lien securing a $1.5 billion dollar loan.
- Successfully resolving nationwide class action claims against Wells Fargo arising out of Wells Fargo’s role as indenture trustee for debt issued by a medical factoring company.
- Successfully resolving a nationwide securities class action against MGM Resorts International related to the construction of the Las Vegas CityCenter development.
- Obtaining a complete defense verdict in a $100 million dollar breach of contract lawsuit against a biotechnology company.
- Successfully resolving litigation against the J. Paul Getty Trust related to ownership of eight illuminated pages from a medieval gospel manuscript.
- Representing the Imperial Irrigation District in litigation and administrative proceedings related to the Quantification Settlement Agreement, a landmark agreement for the transfer of Colorado River water.
In 2013, Mr. Macdonald participated in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Trial Advocacy Program, where he first and second chaired tried six cases to verdict.
Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Macdonald clerked for Judge Carlos T. Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Nathan L. Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court.
Mr. Macdonald graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. He received his B.A. in history and political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. in international relations from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.